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Occupational Therapist (Hospital Avoidance)
  • Employer: St Helens Borough Council
  • Reference: SHN20A
  • Published: Thu 13/10/2022, 14:37 PM
  • Closing on: Thu 01/12/2022, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Evenings, Full Time, Weekends
  • Hours: 37 hours per week, Working on a Rota basis, inclusive of weekend and bank holidays
  • Salary: From: £35441 To: £38296 per annum plus allowance for weekend working
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: St Helens Metropolitan Council, Merseyside

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Occupational Therapist (Hospital Avoidance)

We Are St Helens Borough Council

Located in the heart of the Northwest close to Liverpool, Manchester and Lancashire, St Helens is a transformational Council which is passionate and ambitious for the communities we support. We provide a wide range of local authority services to the residents, businesses, schools, and visitors to the borough. We can only do this because of our highly valued, highly skilled workforce.

Working together, our workplace vision and values guide our organisation, and the contribution of our workforce is key to our culture journey. Employees with us receive a wide range of benefits including well-being in work, financial benefits, ways of working and learning and development support.

Making A Difference as a Temporary Occupational Therapist – Hospital Avoidance in Reablement & Occupational Therapy

St.Helens Council recognises and values the contribution Occupational Therapists make to enabling people with disabilities to live independently in the community, and the Occupational Therapy Service plays a key role in the strategy for the integration of health and social care across the Borough.

An opportunity has arisen to work, in partnership, with a paramedic delivering a hospital avoidance service. The current footprint for service is St Helens, Widnes and North Knowsley. It is a 7-day service working 7.00am-7.00pm. The Occupational Therapists role is to complete a home risk assessment and provide necessary equipment and adaptations to ensure it is safe for the person to remain in their home rather than conveyed to an Accident and Emergency Department. As the Occupational Therapy Service sits within St Helens Contact Cares the post holder will be required to liaise with various Health and Social Care professionals and signpost to appropriate services. Support is also provided by Urgent Community Response services in the footprint area.

We are seeking a well motivated and enthusiastic HCPC Registered Occupational Therapist, with good communication skills and the ability to work under pressure, to join our team. The successful applicant will have an interest in developing their skills working with adults with disabilities who are frail and at risk of falls.

The successful applicant will have at least 2 years post qualification experience in a clinical setting, preferably with experience of working with local authorities and health. They should have a good understanding of complex physical disabilities, frailty and falls. Knowledge of up to date moving and handling techniques and good IT skills would be an advantage. The Service is committed to continuing professional development.

The post is to cover a period of maternity until September 2023.

Interested to Find Out More?
You can review our full job description details, and person specification information here.
You are also welcome to contact us for a chat before applying by emailing us at or calling 07795450191

This post is subject to Enhanced DBS Disclosure

Please note we reserve the right to close the advert early should we receive a sufficient number of applications and encourage you to apply early, to avoid disappointment.

Equality & Diversity

St Helens Council respects and values the individuality that every employee brings. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, who share our values, our commitment to inclusion, and who will help us on our journey to transform our organisation. Further information about Equality & Diversity at St Helens Council can be found here
St Helens Council is a Disability Confident Employer. Disability Confident Employers lead the way in helping to take action that changes attitudes, behaviours, and cultures for the better.

NOLAN Principles of Conduct in Public Life.

All Council employees are required to abide by the ethical standards embodied by the 7 Nolan Principles: Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty, and Leadership.